I’m delighted to see my poem ‘Lament for Christy Ring’ included in Poetry Ireland’s new anthology Everything to Play For: 99 Poems About Sport. Michael Moynihan, writing in the sports pages of the Irish Examiner, has this to say:
It was intriguing to see Christy Ring as a presence in a run of three or four consecutive hurling poems — almost mythical, with a terrific description setting a scene in Billy Ramsell’s ‘Lament for Christy Ring’ that could be introducing us to one of the Fir Bolgs: “Aboriginal, electrical/His great bulging eye…”
Actually, that point about the poetry having elements in common with the best sportswriting? Scratch that: the best writing, full stop. A gold medal here for Poetry Ireland and a good day’s work.